Cooperatives Working Together accepted eight export assistance bids last week for the sale of butter, anhydrous milkfat and whole milk powder.
Three of the bids were from Dairy Farmers of America of Kansas City, Mo.: one for the sale of 18 metric tons (39,683 lbs.) of anhydrous milkfat to Panama, and the other for separate sales of whole milk powder to Mexico, in the amounts of 150 metric tons (330,693 lbs.) and 20 metric tons (44,092 lbs.).
Three of the bids were from California Dairies Inc. of Artesia, Calif., for the sales of butter: 12 tons to China (26,455 lbs.), and two separate sales to Japan in the amounts of 10 metric tons (22,046 lbs.) and 9.8 metric tons (21,605 lbs.).
One bid was accepted from Humboldt Creamery of Fortuna, Calif., for the export of 20 metric tons (44,092 lbs.) of whole milk powder to Georgia.
Finally, one bid was accepted from Land O'Lakes of Arden Hills, Minn., for the export of 18 metric tons (39,683 lbs.) of butter to Iran.
CWT will pay an export bonus to the bidders, only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.
With these accepted bids, CWT's total 2008 export obligations are: butter, 21,913 metric tons (48.3 million lbs.); cheese, 1,501 metric tons (3.3 million lbs.); whole milk powder, 1,238 metric tons (2.7 million lbs.); and anhydrous milkfat, 11,411 metric tons (25.2 million lbs.). The butter total is adjusted to reflect a recently-cancelled order of 3,471 metric tons.
2008 has been the most successful year in CWT's five-year history, in assisting members to export over 84 million pounds of cheese, butter, AMF and whole milk powder to 30 countries in every part of the world.